CDS eligibility contains parameters like academic qualification, nationality, marital status, CDS age limit, etc which must be fulfilled by the candidates to be qualified for the exam. No contender will be permitted to appear for the exam if they are found to be ineligible. Thus, those who want to appear for the exam must fit the latest CDS eligibility standards 2023 and see if they permit the same.
The CDS age limit 2023 depends on the unit for which the aspirant has applied, for sample, for the Indian Air Force Academy, candidates must be between 20-24 years as of 1st July 2023. Check full points on the UPSC CDS eligibility for male and female contenders here for various branches such as OTA, IAFA, IMA, and INA.
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CDS Age Limit
The CDS age limit eligibility criteria for all candidates for different courses are mentioned below. There is no CDS age relaxation for reserved category candidates in the CDS examination 2023.
Indian Military Academy 19 to 24 years Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy 19 to 24 years Unmarried
Air Force Academy 20 to 24 years Unmarried
Officials Training Academy (Men) 19 to 25 years
Unmarried & Married
Officers Training Academy (Women, Non-Technical)
19 to 25 years Unmarried, Widow & Divorcee.
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CDS Age Limit 2023
The age limit for the CDS exam is shown down:
- For the Indian Military Academy (IMA), unmarried male candidates born not before January 2, 1999, and not after January 1, 2004, are qualified to apply
- For the Indian Naval Academy (INA), bachelor male candidates born not before January 2, 1999, and not after January 1, 2004, are qualified to apply
- Contenders applying for Air Force Academy should be between 20 to 24 years, as on January 1, 2023. They must have been born not before January 2, 1999, and not after January 1, 2003
- For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men), bachelor male candidates born not before January 2, 1998, and not after January 1, 2004, are suitable to apply
- For Officers’ Training Academy candidates should be unmarried and born not before January 2, 1998, and not after January 1, 2004
CDS educational qualification
Indian Military Academy
Bachelor’s Degree (BA, B.Com, B.Sc, BBA, BCA, B.Tech, etc.) from a recognized University or equivalent institute
Indian Naval Academy
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/ College
Air Force Academy
Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor’s degree in engineering
OTA (Men)Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University
OTA (Women – Non-Technical)
Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University
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